Nice notepads (moleskine, rhodia, etc.)

My wife and I are planning to go on a trip to Israel soon. We plan to journal quite a bit while there and I would like a nice durable notebook for it. I've heard a lot about moleskine notebooks and the like, but are they really worth paying such a premium for them? $10-$15 is a little hard for me to swallow, but if they will be durable and last a while I believe it would be worth it.

Can anybody verify that these notebooks are worth the price? And can anyone point to a specific one that may serve us well on our trip?

Thanks a lot!